Saturday, February 25, 2017

Shopping Basket Storage Table

Almost a year ago I created a blog entry to help my friend Brad (and any other viewer) create a simple bed frame made out of 2x4's.

You can see that posting by clicking here.

In that blog entry I listed a step-by-step process with pictures created to scale in SketchUp.  That entry also had a beginners guide to wood working tools - so if you're interested in starting out and making the project below, please look at the old entry for info.

Anyway, my friend Brad has a collection of shopping baskets, similar to the picture below.

 Since his workshop is small, and a little on the cluttered side (his workshop also doubles as a storage room) I figured I'd help him get organized by creating a storage table, and utilize all those shopping baskets.  He provided me the dimensions, and I created a shopping basket in Sketchup.

Having that basket model helped me make the storage table.

This table is 6-feet long, 20.5" wide and 34.25" tall and holds 10 baskets on each shelf and 5 baskets underneath for a total of 15 baskets (plus more if you put any on top).

To keep this project as inexpensive as possible, the frame is made up of 2x4 wood studs and the shelves are plywood (.25" and .75" thick).

(10) 2x4's are needed (at 8' length) and (3) 2x2's (also at 8' length).  The plywood are 4' x 8' sheets, however you can buy smaller pieces at the home center and tile them next to each other if you choose to.  There's a good amount of plywood left over after cutting - but I never mind having extra material hanging around for other projects.

Please read the entire plan before assembly. In all my images I color coded each piece. The pieces with the same color are all the same size.

Cut List for the 2x4s:
9 pieces at 33.5"
3 pieces at 69"
15 pieces at 14.5"
6 pieces at 10.5"

Cut List for 2x2s:
3 pieces at 69"

Cut List for .75" Plywood:
1 piece at 72" x 20.5"

Cut List for .25" Plywood
2 pieces at 69" x 17.5"

You'll also need some screws to hold this thing together.  For the last several months I have been using SPAX screws, which I buy at the Home Depot (#8 x 2-1/2 in).  These screws are strong, self-tapping (so you don't need to predrill holes) and they have a T-star head.  They also come with a T-star drilling bit in case you don't have one.

After cutting all the wood to size, you'll first want to make the legs.  Combine 2 of the wood pieces for the legs (33.5") to create an "L" shape, as seen below.  Screw them together and make 4 legs.  You'll have one 33.5" piece leftover which won't be made into an L shape.

Next it's onto making the sides - you'll take your 10.5" pieces (aprons) and drill pocket holes at each end.  This is the easiest way to connect the aprons to 2 sets of legs, like pictured below.  You'll need to made 2 of these side pieces.  Be sure that the space between each apron is the same for both sets of sides, otherwise your shelves will be slanted.  The image below has the distances between each apron.

With both sides done it's time to make the shelf supports.  To make sure the shelf supports are level, assemble them upside-down on a flat surface, like pictured below.  The purple slats (14.5" pieces) connect to the light blue 2x4 (69") and the dark blue 2x2 (also 69").  You can use either pocket holes or regular screws to attach the slats to the other pieces.  Since this image shows the shelf support upside-down, the light blue 2x4 is sticks out above the rest of the shelf.  When right side-up that piece sticks out below the rest of the shelf.  You'll need to make 3 of these shelf supports.

Once the 2 sides and 3 shelf supports are done, it's time to assemble it all.  This can easily be done using screws.  First attach the top, so it is flush with the top of both sides.  Doing this step upside-down might be easier.  Once the top is in place, attach the second shelf, making sure the top aligns flush with the top of the side apron (green pieces).  Then repeat the process for the third shelf.

The last remaining leg (that isn't L shaped) gets screwed to the middle of the back for additional support.

That wasn't too hard I hope.  Next insert the .25" plywood shelves.
This may be easier to do before assembling the sides to the shelf supports - especially if the plywood is one piece.

Then attach the .75" plywood top.

The last thing to do is start organizing all those shopping carts, and getting your basement/workshop/storage area clean and organized.

If my friend Brad (or anyone else) makes this, I would be happy to post pictures of it on here.

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